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“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...

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Jul 24, 2014 — So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
Jul 23, 2014 — Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.
Jul 23, 2014 — Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?

Recent Deer Hunts Help Feed The Poor

The deer hunting season has ended. But the deer are still plentiful. Overpopulation of deer has led to an increase in deer-and-car crashes. Too many deer also damage forests. In some states, though, the deer overpopulation also means more deer meat is made available to low-income people. That's because hunters, meat processors and food banks are working together to get venison to the poor. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Skye Rohde reports.  Go to full article

Pollution Cleanup Program Underfunded

A new federal fund designed to clean up pollution hotspots along the Great Lakes is being underfunded. Money promised from Congress is coming in much smaller amounts than originally pledged. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson reports.  Go to full article
Duke Wagatha drives down from northern Michigan each year to sell his Christmas trees. While in Ann Arbor, he and his crew live in this 1951 Vagabond trailer. (Photo by Mark Brush)

Tree Farmer Makes Season Merrier

In rural regions like the North Country, it's not hard to find a Christmas tree farm - where you can wander around in a miniature forest, choosing your own perfect tree. But in urban areas, it's harder to get that in-the-woods feeling. Here's a story sent to us by the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush, out in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where one tree-grower brings a little bit of the north woods charm to the city.  Go to full article
View from Mt. Adams fire tower.

New Vision for Adirondack Fire Towers

A pro-environment group has issued a new report on the future of 31 historical fire towers inside the Adirondack Park. The tower system was built nearly a hundred years ago...  Go to full article

More Warming Warnings for Wildlife

A new report on global warming forecasts more uncertainty for North American wildlife. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

International Paper to Open More Land for Snowmobiling

The Associated Press reported on Friday that more than 100 miles of snowmobile trails will be opened on International Paper land over the next five years. The plan is part...  Go to full article

New PVC Plant Worries Environmental Groups

A new PVC manufacturing plant is being built in the region, and that has alarmed some environmental groups. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak reports on...  Go to full article

Council Offers Cleaner Air for Christmas

The Adirondack Council has a last-minute gift idea for someone who wants to help reduce acid rain in the Adirondacks. You can buy a pollution credit and retire it in...  Go to full article

EPA Finalizing Sewage Blending Policy

The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a policy that will allow sewage treatment operators to send largely untreated sewage directly into rivers and lakes. It's...  Go to full article

Audubon Society Cheers Congress for Bird Law

The National Audubon Society is praising Congress for strengthening protections for American migratory birds. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

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